The image shows a sewing machine that says "Let's learn" at its base, followed by the words, "how to pull elastic through a casing." The image a the right shows a woman's fingers holding a piece of elastic with a safety pin attached to one end. This image comes from ChellyWood.com

How to pull elastic through a waistband casing… #sewing #dollclothes

A lot of my free printable doll clothes patterns use an elastic waistband, which requires that you understand how to create a casing and how to pull elastic through that waistband’s casing. For your convenience, I’ve created a tutorial video showing you, one step and a time, how to sew a casing and how to pull elastic through the casing of a doll’s garment’s waistband. … Continue reading How to pull elastic through a waistband casing… #sewing #dollclothes

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As I said on Wednesday last week, my agent has been in talks with C&T Publishing, and they have asked me to teach a class on their Creative Spark Online Learning platform. Last week I asked, “What type of class would you like me to teach?” but very few people left comments. So let’s try Plan B… If I offered the following classes, which one … Continue reading Please vote! @ ChellyWood.com #SewingProjects #DollClothes

Chelly Wood will be teaching a class! Please offer your ideas! @ ChellyWood.com #SewingClass #CraftClass

I have some fun and exciting news! My agent has been in talks with C&T Publishing, and they have asked me to teach a class on their Creative Spark Online Learning platform. Your input is needed, my faithful followers! What type of class would you like me to teach? Please leave a comment to help generate some ideas. Here are some thoughts I’ve had, but … Continue reading Chelly Wood will be teaching a class! Please offer your ideas! @ ChellyWood.com #SewingClass #CraftClass

The image shows a printer that has paper in the back. A pattern for making a doll's handkerchief head covering is being printed at the front of the printer. The wording on theis youtube video's header says, "How to Print Patterns" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com (a website that offers free, printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes and other craft items).

How to Print Sewing Patterns for Dolls’ Clothes Online @ ChellyWood.com #Sewing #DollClothes

I occassionally get emails from fans and followers who are having trouble printing their free sewing patterns from my website. Of course, everyone’s printer and device is different, so it’s impossible to solve all printing problems in one quick tutorial. However these two tutorials are available on my site on the Home page (the main gallery), right at the top of the page. And these … Continue reading How to Print Sewing Patterns for Dolls’ Clothes Online @ ChellyWood.com #Sewing #DollClothes

Tips and tricks for beginners learning to sew: What if doll clothes don’t fit? @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips #LearningToSew

The dress at the top of this post was supposed to have long sleeves. In fact, I was using my own “candy corn party dress” pattern, which you can see below, but the pattern didn’t fit! So this is a little bit embarrassing! After I attached the cuff to the dress’s sleeve (see image below) and sewed up the sides, I tried the bodice on … Continue reading Tips and tricks for beginners learning to sew: What if doll clothes don’t fit? @ ChellyWood.com #SewingTips #LearningToSew

Image shows a caucasian person's fingers holding fabric that has been decorated with an array of bright-colored flowers. Overlay says, "How to Buy Fabric" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

How to Buy Fabric for Making Doll Clothes @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes #Sewing

Once when I was at the dentist office, I mentioned to the receptionist that I make doll clothes. “I wish I could do that!” she said. So I told her about my sewing tutorials and explained that she can easily learn how to sew using YouTube tutorials just like mine. “But I don’t know how to buy material,” she said. Since I came from a … Continue reading How to Buy Fabric for Making Doll Clothes @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes #Sewing

Here we see the video header for Chelly Wood's YouTube video that shows you how to make a lace and rickrack skirt for 14 inch dolls. It includes pictures of the doll wearing the pretty lace-and-rickrack-trimmed skirt made of mermaid-printed fabric, and an overlay reminds you to go to ChellyWood.com for your free skirt pattern.

Sew a skirt with rickrack and lace trim for 14″ dolls like Wellie Wishers w/today’s #FreePattern @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes

Scroll down to the second set of bullets for the free PDF sewing patterns. This week we’re learning how to make a Wellie Wishers skirt with lace trim and rickrack embellishments. It uses a mermaid-print fabric, and it looks great with some of the shirts we’ve already posted here on ChellyWood.com (click here to see my full selection of free patterns to fit Wellies). And … Continue reading Sew a skirt with rickrack and lace trim for 14″ dolls like Wellie Wishers w/today’s #FreePattern @ ChellyWood.com #DollClothes

Today's tutorial video explains how selvage is useful to people who sew doll clothes. This image is just a header indicating that this is a sewing tutorial for beginners.

Selvage is your friend! (A tip for fabric buying, when sewing doll clothes) @ ChellyWood.com #SewingLove #SewingTutorial

  This week I’m giving you two tutorial videos instead of the usual solo tutorial. The video at the top of this blog post will explain how I sometimes use selvage (that’s “selvedge” if you live in the UK) for my doll clothes projects, and how selvage can truly be “your friend” when buying fabric. If you want a more extensive video about how to … Continue reading Selvage is your friend! (A tip for fabric buying, when sewing doll clothes) @ ChellyWood.com #SewingLove #SewingTutorial

The image shows words on a quilt-like fabric background. The words read: "Sewing Tips for Beginners: How to Buy Fabric." This image comes from ChellyWood.com

How to Choose Fabric for Making Doll Clothes #Sewing #HolidayCrafts #SewingTipTuesday

I grew up in a family full of seamstresses. So to me, shopping for fabric was no more difficult than buying a piece of candy at a convenience store. But to the absolute beginner, the cutting counter at a fabric store can seem a little daunting. I designed this step-by-step guide for buying doll clothes fabric, keeping in mind that some people are brand new … Continue reading How to Choose Fabric for Making Doll Clothes #Sewing #HolidayCrafts #SewingTipTuesday

The image shows an African American or African doll wearing her underpants and bra. All around her are images of outfits someone has made for her. She stands next to a tape measure.

How to measure a doll for sewing doll clothes #SewingLove #DollCrafts

  I recently had someone send me a message using my Contact Form, and she wasn’t sure how to best measure her doll for sewing purposes. So I thought it wouldn’t hurt to re-post this tutorial video and my written tips. For the neck circumference, measure around the widest part of the doll’s neck. That’s usually at the base of the neck. For the neck-to-shoulder-seam, measure from … Continue reading How to measure a doll for sewing doll clothes #SewingLove #DollCrafts

Image shows a little doll seated at her sewing machine. Behind her is a doll-sized ironing board. Her tiny, pale blue coffee cup sits at the ready near her sewing machine. The overlay says, "ChellyWood.com free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes."

Helpful sewing tutorial video links for people learning to sew @ ChellyWood.com #HolidayGiftIdeas #SewingByHand

  My regular followers know that beneath each of my YouTube videos, there are links to a number of videos like this “How to Whipstitch” tutorial. These “basic stitchery” tutorials are designed to help you understand terms and concepts within each tutorial, like: How to sew snaps on fabric How to thread a needle How to sew by hand How to tie a knot when sewing … Continue reading Helpful sewing tutorial video links for people learning to sew @ ChellyWood.com #HolidayGiftIdeas #SewingByHand

Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. This is a text box with a purple and turquoise quilted look to it. The text states, "Sewing tips for beginners: clothing items to avoid." This is the fourth installment in a four part blog article series which reviews the topics, terms, and items to watch out for on a pattern's instructions if you're just starting to learn sewing. Visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and to read the other blog articles in this series for beginners just learning how to sew.

How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 4: Difficult Garments) #SewEasy #SewingFun

This is the last installment of a four-week journey to discover what makes a pattern difficult for beginners who are just starting out with their very first sewing projects. By “beginners,” I’m referring to adults learning to sew as well as children of all ages who are learning to sew. We’ve been studying a single pattern, Simplicity doll clothes pattern #4654, which is a fun … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 4: Difficult Garments) #SewEasy #SewingFun